IBD Is Not IBS
IBD is sometimes confused with IBS, which stands for irritable bowel syndrome. Both conditions can cause chronic digestive problems, but there are significant differences between the two. People with IBD have inflammation, ulcers, and other damage visible inside the digestive tract. In contrast, there is no damage in IBS, despite symptoms such as cramping, diarrhea, and constipation. IBS is much more common but less serious than IBD.
IBD and Stress
Although stress does not cause IBD, some people report that their symptoms get worse in times of stress. At a biological level, stress can prompt the release of hormones that stimulate the immune system, resulting in increased inflammation. If your IBD is in remission, a big dose of stress may trigger a flare-up. The new round of symptoms can add to your stress, creating a vicious cycle.